Christmas Safety

 

 

December is Safe Toy and Gift Month. And believe it or not, there were 250,000 toy related injuries seen in emergency rooms across America last year. American Academy of Ophthalmology urges you to shop and celebrate with your eye on safety. This reminds me of The Christmas Story and the famous lines:

Ralphie: No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

Santa Claus: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

I wouldn't want any one to get hurt so I thought we should all keep in mind certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for the little ones in their lives. A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment.

Pay attention to recommended age ranges listed on the toy. To select gifts suited for a child's age, look for the age recommendations and instructions on the printed tags and packaging. Be sure to read about proper assembly, use, and supervision. Children under three are risk for choking on small parts since they often put things in their mouth. Be especially careful not to allow children swallow little button batteries. Battery operated toys for children are to have screws to secure the batteries.

Toys to ride on may need additional equipment like helmets and elbow pads. Hover boards may be on a black list this year since the lithium-ion battery pose a fire risk. Some have caught fire and even exploded while being ridden and can catch fire while plugged in charging.

Once the toy is home stay safe by instructing children to put away toys when not playing with them. This one makes everybody safer, ever step on a lego?

Don’t just give presents but also be present while the youngster plays with potentially hazardous toys. Having BB guns while growing up was very common place growing up on the farm. We were in 4H and in little Annie sure shot contest to make us very aware of the importance of safe BB gun use.

Toys always considered dangerous: sharp scissors, matches, fireworks and latex balloons.

As adults we tend to do a little more, maybe even a little more than we can handle, in order to make holiday events  fun and memorable time. Hanging lights, playing in snow and caroling house to house are some of my favorite memories. So I urge you to do all that you do this holiday season safely so you can enjoy too.  Merry Christmas!